Its a Lewk Collection

The holiday season is the perfect time to edit your wardrobe for the new year, adding a bit of pizazz to your everyday look. After a year of dopamine dressing, the return to heels, and the comeback of in-person events, this holiday season is predicted to be more over-the-top than ever before. Bring on the sparkles, feathers, and deliciously coveted monochromatic outfits!

Few things feel better than slaying a lewk with your nearest and dearest, but one of them is doing that in black-owned, women-owned clothing. This curated collection of hand-picked items is perfect to introduce to your everyday style this season or share with a loved one as a Christmas gift. The creativity and ingenuity that comes from black women are unmatched, especially in fashion.

Together with SheaMoisture, we've curated the perfect holiday shopping spree! From elevated workwear to statement trench coats and ostrich feather boots, you’ll be sure to find something in this collection for everyone.

Nzinga Shine Bodysuit

Nzinga Bodysuit

The Nzinga bodysuit is one design, delivered with two of our best fabrics. The unique cuts in the Nzinga bodysuit puts couture in athleisure, and chic in comfort. Designed to go from Pilates to brunch, you pick the day and your level of shine.

My Solely Fit

Palms Boot in Ivory

Palms Boots

Introducing the Palms Boot in ivory, a dreamy boot adorned with ivory feathers all over. Built on the brand's classic Palms Boot, this style is a showstopper that's also incredibly comfortable.

Brother Vellies

Mean Mug Tee

This t-shirt is made of 100% combed ring-spun cotton, super soft baby jersey knit and has a longer body length.

Mess In A Bottle

Amalfi Hoops

These 18k gold-dipped twisted hoops are subtle, sexy, and versatile.

Ten Wilde

Model Behavior White Collar Coat

Model Behavior Coat

This white coat is versatile, fashionable, and belted to cinch the waist. Available in a range of sizes from small to 5x.

Reb Dolls

Havana Ring

Havana Ring

Ready to turn heads?! If so, this ring is definitely for you! The Havana Ring is apart of our newest collection. It’s bold and has an abundance of Shine!

Shine Like Me

Byrd Classic Knit Cardigan

Comfy, cozy, and stylish. Pair with the Byrd Knit Pants in Cream as a matching knitwear set.

Aseye Studio

Laura Clutch

Laura Clutch in Cognac

Classic zip clutch made from premium calfskin with four built-in credit card slots and personalized detachable tag. All tags are customized by hand. And a portion of all sales goes to the brand's charities.

Rena Iman

Orchid Pink Sandals

Strappy sandals are back and better than ever with a perfect pop of color and a neutral heel to add to your heel collection.

Chelsea Paris

Neisy Earrings

For the class act Sucré girl with just enough attitude. Give 'em a run for their money, sis.

Sucré Couture

Amira Knit Dress

Amira is just too good to be true. With a number of flirty details, down to the asymmetrical neckline and hem, this silhouette is bound to look good on every body type. Designed in a furry, yarn fabric with a stunning pop of color, she is ready for a night on the town.


Khari Eyeglasses

The stylish Tortoise shell glasses are hand-crafted in Italy and also come in black.


Black and White Zuri Baby Bag

One of our most popular prints since we began. An absolute Iris favorite. This is a white leather with black stripes. It gives off this geometric theme that we absolutely love.

Amina Iris

Mari Jade Dress

The MARI DEEP V KNIT DRESS combines a choker look, plunging neckline, and oversized sleeve to give a casual sexy that cannot be ignored. The waist tie makes for versatility in wearing this piece.

Andrea Iyamah

Bobbi Blazer

Intended to be worn everyday, this comfortably oversized blazer is a minimalist wardrobe essential. The relaxed but tailored silhouette produces a soft structure that not only flatters the body, but allows for additional layering underneath.

Re Ona

Lekki Star Bag

The Lekki Star is the first bag from the Lekki Series, which launched officially in the Spring of 2022. This collection is named after a high society in the vibrant city of Lagos, Nigeria - a city full of creative and fashionable people.


Cooper Silk Robe

The Mawu Silk Kimono is designed for you to drape yourself in copper silk luxury . Cut to fit just below mid-thigh, from the softest luxury silk, featuring a draped ¾ length sleeve and appliqué with our signature Divine Feminine Ankh Embroidery.


Large Initial Necklace

Known for their dainty-edge approach to contemporary jewelry, ByChari is offering one of our very first designs as part of our Essentials collection. The one thing we do well is initials, here we are offering a sweet neckline adornment, perfect for any occasion. Make it count!


Apricot & Grapefruit Puff Sleeve Bodysuit

From the beach to the bashment our one piece has the perfect balance of muted and vibrant colors with just enough dramatic flair in the puff sleeve to turn eyes.

Fe Noel

Buckle Halter Pump

Make a statement with these sexy 4-inch leather black satin heels. Perfect for the board room, date night, or a night out with the girls!

Aminah Jilli

Words by Courtney Simpson

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2023 has become the year of celebrity breakups with headlines breaking left and right about celebs filing for divorce or ending high-profile relationships. The latest couple to announce their dissolution? British actress Jodie Turner-Smith. TMZ reported that Jodie has filed for a divorce from her husband, Dawson Creek alum Joshua Jackson.

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"First of all, I saw him before he saw me and when I saw him, I was like, 'I want that.' And then when he saw me, I just pretended like I didn't see him. He had to yell across the room to me, and I was wearing this T-shirt from a movie called Sorry to Bother You and [actress] Tessa Thompson plays a character called Detroit, and she has this T-shirt that says, 'The Future Is Female Ejaculation.'

"And so, he shouts across the room, 'Detroit!' He comes over and… does this really cute, charming thing that he does and just all night -- he just basically followed me around the party."

The couple were together from that moment forth, and even made things "Instagram official" less than two weeks later while on a dinner date. Joshua would later clarify to Insider that the night they met in 2018 was not a 'one-night stand' or a 'three-year one-night stand' like his then-wife joked but instead, it was "technically a three-night stand."

"It was sealed with a kiss that night and then we didn't leave each other's sides for, well, three years now," Joshua continued at the time.

In a July 2021 interview with Jimmy Fallon, Joshua dropped more details about the why behind getting married. He revealed that he didn't know he wanted to get married to Jodie until "the moment she asked me."

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Joshua Jackson Reveals Jodie Turner-Smith Proposed To Him

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After being on the receiving end of such backlash, Joshua would later clarify to the media in a separate interview that it wasn't just Jodie's proposal to him that sealed the deal of them getting married, he proposed to her too. She might have initiated it, but Joshua followed through.

"I accidentally threw my wife under the bus because that story was told quickly and it didn't give the full context and holy Jesus, the internet is racist and misogynist," he explained to Refinery29 that same year. "We were in Nicaragua on a beautiful moonlit night, it could not possibly have been more romantic."

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He continued, "And yes, my wife did propose to me and yes, I did say yes, but what I didn't say in that interview was there was a caveat, which is that I'm still old school enough that I said, 'This is a yes, but you have to give me the opportunity [to do it too].'"

"She has a biological father and a stepdad, who's the man who raised her. [I said], 'You have to give me the opportunity to ask both of those men for your hand in marriage.' And then, 'I would like the opportunity to re-propose to you and do it the old-fashioned way down on bended knee.' So, that's actually how the story ended up."

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Imma tell y’all what — it seems like not one week goes by when I don’t see some sort of so-called term that has me like, “What in the world?” For instance, when I first stumbled upon “self-partnering,” honestly, I laughed. Then shared it with some other single people as well as married folks I know. And I kid you not, every individual was like, “What the heck does that mean?” When I told them that it was yet, one more way to seemingly define single living, basically everyone’s follow-up was, “Oh, brother.”

Why can’t (more) singles just be single and be okay with that? Good Lord. Why does there need to be some sort of relational play-on-words to make it sound like we’re with someone — even if we’re not?

Now masterdating? Even though it’s not even close to being a “real” word, it’s something that also brought a laugh outta me — although it was then followed by a genuine smile. The laugh because I almost immediately caught the play-on-words. The smile was due to the intention behind it all.

If you’re not familiar with what masterdating is and you’re curious about why you should even care, take a few moments to at least skim through what it’s about and why I think participating, as a single person, is a pretty cool (and effective) concept.


Masturdate: a date w oneself

What’s Masterdating All About?

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Masterdating. Okay, so let the word marinate for just a moment. What does it sound like? Yeah…exactly. And since a huge part of masturbation centers around self-pleasure, it’s cool to explore how “self-dating” could produce similar (as far as pleasure is concerned in a broader sense) results. Because masterdating is all about spending quality time with yourself, pampering yourself, treating yourself— and yes, taking yourself out on dates.

Any of you who may think that masterdating is a consolation prize — and a pitiful one at that — for not being able to go out with another human being or get that dream $200 first date that social media was all in a tizzy about last year (bookmark that) — personally, I think that you’re the demographic who needs to try out masterdating first and the most. Why? Off top, I’ll share my three good reasons.

3 Reasons To Strongly Consider Masterdating

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1. It’s an intimate way to get to know yourself better. I’ve been working with couples for a pretty long time at this point and if there’s a pattern that I see arise, OFTEN, it’s that two people are oftentimes so busy trying to “find their person” that they didn’t even know who they were. As a direct result, they found themselves in a relationship with someone who only complemented the “kiddie pool version” of who they were.

That’s why it can be so beneficial to spend time getting to know yourself on the “deep end” of things: what makes you tick, what your passions are, what you want most out of life, what are your interests beyond obvious things — and masterdating can help you to discover all of this. Whether it’s traveling alone or taking out a weekend to drink some wine and journal, the more you get to know yourself, the clearer you’ll be about who complements you on a romantic and friendship level.

2. It will definitely help to boost your confidence levels. I guess since I’m an ambivert, I don’t really get why people freak out at the mere thought of going to a restaurant or movie alone. Personally, I think it requires a helluva lot more energy and gumption to wait around and plan stuff with other people (#Elmoshrug). However, whether you’re an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert, there’s no way around the fact that the more comfortable you get with doing things alone, the more your confidence levels will increase — no, soar — because of it.

One article that I read on the topic said that doing things alone can make you more creative, improve your mental health, and help you to be totally okay with being alone (so that you’re not “needy” for other people’s attention). A psychotherapist from a New York Times article on the benefits of spending time alone said, “Getting better at identifying moments when we need solitude to recharge and reflect can help us better handle negative emotions and experiences, like stress and burnout.” And when you’re able to stare negativity in its face without flinching, how could that not make you bolder, more self-secure, and hopeful about your life?

3. It will teach you to value your time more effectively. In every facet of your world, you’re gonna operate from a healthier place if you’re operating from a “full cup” rather than an empty one. When it comes to this topic, think about it — if you’re constantly waiting on someone to call you to go out or wishing for a dream date with some guy, all you’re doing is wasting precious time that you could be spending taking a cooking class or hell, hiring a chef to make you dinner at your own home.

Indeed, waiting has two sides to it: when it’s in the form of patience, it is indeed a virtue, yet when it’s wrapped up in the notion that you’re not really living life unless you have an audience…it is totally working against you. Choose wisely.

10 Solo Date Ideas To Help You To “Master” Masterdating

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So, what if you’re someone who has either never considered actually masterdating before or you don’t really know what to do beyond dinner and the movies? Here are a few ideas to consider:

1. Attend a workshop or masterclass that you’re interested in. If there’s something that you’ve always wanted to learn, sign up for a workshop or masterclass. The cool thing about this option is there are probably some in your city, as well as some that you can find online (like here) that are convenient and affordable.

2. Binge-read at a local coffee shop. Aside from their coziness and oftentimes inviting scents, I once read that a lot of us gravitate to coffee shops because we can be around people without having to actually socialize with them. So, if you want to “hang out” while still being able to enjoy a bit of solitude, take a book that you’ve been trying to finish to a local coffee shop, order your favorite latte, and sit in a big-ass comfy chair. Usually, you can sit there for hours, and the staff will be just fine with it (another bonus).

3. Have a spa day in the next town. You can never go wrong with a spa day. And while going with a friend can be fun, sometimes there’s too much talking transpiring to be able to fully chill out and relax. So, go off of the grid, get a change of scenery, and hit up a spa in the next city (or town). There are lots of studies out here supporting that day trips or “daycations” can actually be really good for your long-term health and well-being.

4. See a community play. Some of the best solo dates that I’ve ever been on consisted of taking in some of the local arts in my city. What’s really cool about this particular option is, oftentimes, they are extremely inexpensive, if not totally free of charge (in exchange for making a donation or putting money into a tip jar).

5. Plan a trip. Whenever people say something along the lines of, “If you don’t expect anything, you won’t be disappointed,” I know that they low-key have some (additional) healing to do from past disappointments. There’s simply too much intel out here to support that anticipation (of good stuff) makes us more motivated and optimistic, keeps our dopamine levels up, and makes life more exciting overall.

Since traveling alone is more cost-effective, gives you the freedom to do whatever you want (when you want), and increases the possibility of meeting new people and having new experiences on your journey — why not devote a day this weekend to planning a solo trip? All the way around, it’s good for you.

6. Try your hand at your own “$200 date.” Uh-huh. Roll your eyes if you want to, but it’s real easy to talk left about how a man should be able to just drop $200 like it’s nothing…until you actually try to do it. So yes, while taking yourself out on this type of date could serve as a bit of a reality check, it can also “scratch the itch” of waiting on some dude to do it for you. It’s also way less emotionally draining because, at least when you’re taking your own self out, it’s guaranteed that you’ll enjoy the company…right?

7. DIY some pampering. When you get a chance, check out “5 Reasons You Should Unapologetically Pamper Yourself,” “Want To Love On Yourself? Try These 10 Things At Home.,” “I’ve Got Some Ways For You To Start Pampering Your Soul,” and “When's The Last Time You Actually Pampered Your Vagina?” The bottom line here is pampering is all about, not mere self-maintenance; it’s all about treating yourself to levels of EXTREME SELF-INDULGENCE. So, if nothing else tickles your fancy on this list, at least consider doing that, chile.

8. Feed your creativity. Something that I used to be really good at is art. That said, one of my goddaughters is insanely talented, so she has reminded me to tap back into it. Also, a big part of what got me into the writing world is poetry; I actually used to be a house poet at a local spot. Sometimes, my best quality time moments with myself have been revisiting these creative sides of me — and this is definitely easier to do (and enjoy) alone.

9. Try some stargazing. When’s the last time you took a blanket into your backyard, laid down on it, and just stared at the stars for hours on end? While some say that stargazing can teach you to be mindful, others say that being in that form of nature reduces stress, while others believe that looking up at the universe at night can increase your attention span. All solid reasons to give it a shot, if you ask me.

10. DO. ABSOLUTELY. NOTHING. Let me tell you something that nobody will ever be able to make me feel bad about: doing absolutely nothing. I’ve got data to back me up. Good Housekeeping shares that doing nothing can help you decide how you want to respond or react to certain things. I like howThe Guardian says that taking this approach helps you to regain control of what you give your attention to.

TIME magazine says that it can ultimately make you more productive.BBC offers up that it can help you tap into your ingenuity.Henry Ford Health says that it can make you kinder and a better problem-solver. So, if you want to invest in yourself, do nothing sometimes.

Closing Thoughts from the Lovely Javicia Leslie

While some of y'all may know Javicia Leslie from being the former Batwoman, I discovered her back in the day from the indie series Chef Julian (and yes, "Julian" was right to say that "Mo" looks like Tatyana Ali...the real ones know). Sometimes I'll hop on her IG to see what she's got going on and this story popped up within a few hours of me penning this...so, I took it as hella confirmation.





Sooo…what kind of masterdating plans do you have for this coming weekend? While going out with others has its perks, hanging out with yourself has a ton of ‘em too. Enjoy!

No…for real. ENJOY!

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